Arcade Student Account Creation

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 For arcade account creation, see below.

 For AgentCubes Online account creation, see separate instructions.

Background Information

Coming soon!


Your Teacher Account and Your School

This should be done 3 weeks or more before classroom implementation

Locating an existing account

If you are participating in Scalable Game Design training, either through the University of Colorado or a partner organization such as eMINTS, or you have done so previously, then you should already have an account on the Scalable Game Design Arcade (SGDA). If you think you have an account but you've forgotten your account information, here's how to find it:

  1. Use the search box in the left column to search for text that would likely be part of your username (such as your last name). At this time it is not possible to search directly for a user by first and last name.
  2. The search results will appear in a tab called Content. Switch to the Users tab.
  3. If you see your account listed, log in.
    (Note: If you need to use the "Request new password" link, check both your professional and personal email addresses after making your request. If you don't receive the message after a few minutes, check your spam folders. As needed, also see Requesting assistance at the end of this section.)

Checking whether your account has teacher-level privileges

  1. While logged into the SGDA, look in the Navigation pane on the left.
  2. If you see links called "Batch Student Account Creation" and "Batch Student Enrollment", then you do have teacher privileges.
  3. Please skip the next step and go on to Checking whether your school is listed on the SGDA.

Creating a new account

If you don't have / didn't find an account, then you'll need to create a new one:

  1. Go to the SGDA registration page.
  2. Enter the username for your new account. The preferred format for teachers is "First_name Last_name" (e.g., Dana Smith).
  3. Enter your email address and your name.
  4. After clicking the "Create new account" button you will receive an email at the address you provided to finalize the login creation process (if you don't receive the message after a few minutes, check your spam folder). Follow the link in that email to return to the SGDA and finish the process by creating a password.
    (Note: At this point you will be logged into the SGDA. Remember to log out when you are finished.)

Checking whether your school is listed on the SGDA

  1. Select the Schools tab near the top of the page.
  2. Look for your school on the list. If you don't see it at first, try your browser's Find function (not the SGDA search box), as some schools are listed with prefixes and may not appear where you expect them in the list.
  3. If your account is new or your don't have teacher privileges, please skip the next step and go on to Requesting assistance.

Checking whether your teacher account and school are connected

If your account has teacher-level privileges, also check that your account and school are connected:

  1. While logged into the SGDA, do one of the following:
    1. Under the Schools tab, click on the name of your school. On the new page, if you see a new set of tabs that includes "Add New Class" then your account and school are connected.
    2. Alternatively, select the "Batch Student Enrollment" link from the Navigation pane on the left. On the new page, if the School pop-up menu includes your school then your account and school are connected.

Requesting assistance

If you need teacher-level privileges for a new or existing account, you need your account to be connected to your school, and/or your school isn't listed, please contact Hilarie for assistance. In your request, be sure to include your username and the full name of your school.

Once you have teacher-level privileges and are connected to your school, you'll be able to create classes and assignments for your school, create accounts for your students, and enroll them in the assignments.

Creating Classes and Assignments

2 weeks before classroom implementation

Creating a new class

  1. Find your school in the SGDA: Click on the Schools tab near the top of the page and scroll down until you see your school. If you don't see it at first, try your browser's Find function (not the SGDA search box), as some schools are listed with prefixes and may not appear where you expect them in the list.
  2. Click on the name of your school. You will see a list of previously created classes, if any exist.
  3. On the school page, click on the "Add New Class" item in the secondary list of tabs.
  4. Fill out the form with the new class name. For example, a class name might reflect the type of class and year and semester, such as "Exploratory Computing Spring 2014".
  5. Press submit.
  6. If the class was successfully created, you should be back on the school page, and the new class name will be visible at the top of the list of classes for your school.

Adding a new assignment

  1. If you are not already on your school page:
    1. Find your school in the SGDA: Click on the Schools tab near the top of the page and scroll down until you see your school. If you don't see it at first, try your browser's Find function (not the SGDA search box), as some schools are listed with prefixes and may not appear where you expect them in the list.
    2. Click on the name of your school. You will see a list of previously created classes (if you don't see any classes, please follow the instructions in the Creating a new class subsection above).
  2. Click on the name of the class for which you wish to add an assignment.
  3. On the class page, click on the "Add New Assignment" item in the secondary list of tabs..
  4. In the resulting field that is displayed, enter the name of the assignment you wish to add, such as "Frogger" or "Pacman". BE SURE TO PROVIDE A UNIQUE NAME FOR EACH ASSIGNMENT IN THE CLASS to avoid confusion with existing assignments.
  5. Click on "Add Assignment".
  6. If successful, you will see a completion message and the new assignment will appear at the top of the list of assignments for that class.
  7. Once you have created your assignment(s) for a class, you can proceed to the next step of enrolling students in the assignment(s). If you haven't already created account for your students, you'll need to do that first. Both of these actions are discussed in the next section.


Creating Student Accounts and Enrolling Students in Assignments

During classroom implementation (at least 3 days prior to planned uploads)

Creating a CSV Student File

Below is an image of an example batch student login creation input file:

Sample batch student account creation input file.jpg


  1. 1. Using Excel, enter your class roster by name, in 2 columns:
BE SURE TO USE these headings for the columns:
Column 1: First_Name
Column 2: Last_Name


  1. 2. For each student in your class, add a row with the student's first and last names in the appropriate columns. Do not leave blank lines between student names.


  1. 3. Choose an easy to identify file name such as "teacher last name_grade level_period or class name".


  1. 4. "Save As" a .CSV file format.
At the bottom of the "Save As" window, go to the "Save as type" label
Choose "CSV (Comma delimited)"
If you experience upload problems using "CSV (Comma delimited)", try "CSV (Macintosh)" or "CSV (MS-Dos) depending on your computer







Using the Batch Student Account Creation process

Below is an example image of the downloaded student roster output file that results from batch student login creation:

Sample batch student account creation output file student accounts.csv.jpg


  1. 1. Click on the "Batch Student Account Creation" link on the SGDA Navigation pane on the left hand side of the SGDA home page after your login.


  1. 2. Select the School to which the student will be added via the "School" pull-down menu.


  1. 3. Click on the "Choose File" button below the "Student CSV File" line on the page and navigate to the file of student names you created previously (see previous subsection).


  1. 4. Click the "Add Student" button.


  1. 5. If you did everything correctly, a new CSV files called "student_accounts.csv" should download. This CSV file contains a list of newly created student accounts with their: email, username, password, first name and last name. Note that the email address will be the teacher email address (i.e., the email address associated with your login). The student login ID and password will be the same: an assigned value using the school code and a sequentially assigned number.


  1. 6. Save this CSV file because you will need it later in order to enroll your students into assignments. Note that if you create logins in groups, you can combine all of the login information into a single CSV file. Be sure not to change the file structure, both in terms of column order and the CSV file format. There should be only a single header line in the resulting file. Do not introduce blank lines.


  1. 7. If you misplace a roster file from a batch login creation, you can re-download it from the "Rosters" tab on the school page of the SGDA as described in the next subsection.


Enrolling students into a class

  1. Click on the "Batch Student Enrollment" link in the Navigation pane on the left side of the SGDA page.
  2. This page is very similar to the student account creation page except it requires the CSV file which was downloaded after creating student logins.
  3. Click on the "Choose File" button and navigate to the CSV file you received when you created student login accounts. (If you cannot find this file, see the last item in this subsection which describes how to re-download the file from the School rosters.)
  4. Select your school and the class in which you wish to enroll students.
  5. Click on the "Submit" button.
  6. If everything went well you should see a status message at the top of the screen telling you which students were added to the class that looks like: "Added the following students to the class "April": abc34,abc35"
  7. When a student is enrolled in a class, they will be able to submit to any assignment that is part of that class
  8. Note that on the page which displays the list of classes for your school that there is a "Rosters" tab. Clicking on this will permit you to re-download any of the rosters you have created in the past during the batch login creation process described earlier. If you are unable to locate the roster file(s) you received during batch login creation, you can always retrieve them here. Note, however, that if you have made any changes to the roster files which you received during that process, those changes will NOT be reflected in the rosters stored in the SGDA.


Adding one or more students to an existing class

  1. Classes may have multiple rosters associated with them. To add more students, simply follow the instructions above for Creating Student Accounts and Enrolling Students in Assignments.
  2. Note that in the first step, Creating a CSV Student File, the new CSV file should contain the names of your additional students but not the names of students who already have accounts.
  3. After creating the new accounts (Using the Batch Student Account Creation process), remember to also enroll these students into your class (Enrolling students into a class).